Upfronts ’13: E! lines up “Total Divas,” “Pop Innovators”

U.S. cable network E! has unveiled a slate of more than 700 hours of original programming for the year ahead, including The Wanted Life and Total Divas (pictured).
April 22, 2013

U.S. cable network E! has unveiled a slate of more than 700 hours of original programming for the year ahead, including The Wanted Life and Total Divas (pictured).

As previously reportedThe Wanted Life is a half-hour docuseries following the lives of The Wanted, and now has a premiere date of June 2 at 10.30 p.m. EST/PST. The series is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions, Scooter Braun Projects and Global Talent TV.

Elsewhere, Bunim-Murray Productions and WWE are behind Total Divas, a show about the women of the wrestling world. The one-hour series goes inside the lives of the WWE Divas, and launches on July 28 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

Airing in July, Pop Innovators profiles influential names in pop culture, beginning with Will.i.am. The series will look at the life and career of the innovator from his or her point of view, as well as interviews with celebrities who’ve been influenced by them.

Following the lead of E!’s other celebrity/athlete relationship docusoaps, Shed Media U.S.’s Love and Other Contact Sports: Eric and Jessie documents the lives of country and pop singer Jessie James and her fiance, Denver Broncos’ Eric Decker. The show will chronicle their lives ahead of their wedding, and will air in late summer.

With the working title of Hello Ross, the Borderline Amazing Productions interactive talk show will see super fan Ross Mathews sharing opinions on pop culture, while The Trend sees a team of experts and celebrity contributors discussing fashion, beauty and design. Both are set for fall debuts.

In addition to the series, E! also announced a number of upcoming specials, including Blinging Up Baby on May 2, where host Melissa Rycroft features the world of celebrity pregnancy and babies; Holly Has a Baby on May 12, following Holly Madison to the hospital and home with the new family; and Nick Cannon’s Big Surprise on May 9, where the TV personality gives his grandparents a surprise home makeover. Nick Cannon’s Big Surprise is produced by Entertainment One, while the two baby-related specials are from Comcast Entertainment Studios.

Also from Comcast is The Untold Story: Jason Derulo, looking at the singer’s neck injury which put his career on pause, and his subsequent recuperation, airing on May 14; and Bigger, Badder Celebrity Feuds, on May 28.

Other specials on tap are Ryan Seacrest with The Wanted: An E! Special, airing on May 27; E! Special: Brooke Burke in June; 50 Hours with 50 Cent in the fall; and Prometheus Entertainment’s Secret Societies of Hollywood, exposing the cults, cabals and underground clubs in the entertainment industry.

Also premiering in the fall is Inner Circle, from Ashley Tisdale’s Blondie Girl Productions and Relativity Television, where celebrities pick a member of their inner circle to share their real story.

In addition, E! has unscripted projects in development, including Young Sonoma, a series on the families behind the top wineries in the Sonoma Valley, which is produced by Mandt Bros Productions and features The Bachelor’s Ben Flajnik.

Tollin Productions’ docusoap Queens Are Wild looks at female gamblers; AEP Media and Machete’s Palazzo Riggi goes inside the world of a wealthy upstate New York family; Super Delicious’ Flash is a competition elimination series focusing on photography; while FremantleMedia North America and Purveyors of Pop’s Sex & Real Estate is set in Miami and follows a group of successful real estate agents.

“We are continuing to build on the success of our signature programming with new projects featuring a diverse mix of genres, formats and points of view that are centered in pop culture and are sure to excite our fans,” said E! president Suzanne Kolb.

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